Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BBC Radio exposes the lack of regulation of implanted medical devices!

Face the Facts!: Tried and Tested?

New drugs undergo strict testing. New medical devices often don't have to. But with thousands of women damaged by vaginal surgery, surgeons and patients are calling for tougher safety rules. It's the latest in a series of controversies around new medical devices stretching back years - including metal-on-metal artificial hip joints and PIP breast implants.
Concerned surgeons say a compulsory register for all devices is long overdue, so we can track success and failure. But might insisting on too rigorous a testing regime have the unintended consequence of stifling medical innovation and making it too expensive for all but the biggest companies?
Presenter: John Waite Producer: Paul Waters Editor: Andrew Smith.
  • Broadcast onBBC Radio 4, 12:30PM Wed, 22 Jan 2014
  • Available until12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcastBBC Radio 4, 12:30PM Wed, 22 Jan 2014

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